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Marriage Licenses

The City Clerk issues marriage licenses on behalf of New York State. If you would like to apply for a marriage license, please arrive by 4:30 p.m. (room 100A). 

Information and Requirements

  • Blood tests are no longer required.  
  • To obtain a marriage license, you must bring a certified birth certificate with a raised seal and a current government issued photo identification.  If your birth certificate is in another language other than English or Spanish, a certified translation is required.
  • If you are divorced, you must provide a copy of your most recent divorce decree.  If you have been divorced more than once, you must provide the date(s) of earlier divorce(s). If your divorce decree is in another language other than English or Spanish, a certified translation is required.
  • If a marriage ended due to death, a "certified death certificate" is required.
  • Once issued, the marriage license cannot be used for 24 hours and must be used within sixty days.
  • Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age.
  • For information on how to research an existing marriage license purchased at City Hall from 1910 through the present, please click  here

Age Requirements

  • If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued.
  • If either applicant is 14 or 15 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.
  • If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, such applicants(s) must present the written consent of both parents.
  • If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required.

One parent alone may consent to a minor's marriage if:

  • the other parent has been missing for one year preceding the application;
  • the parents are divorced and the consenting parent was given sole custody of the child when the divorce decree was awarded;
  • the other parent has been judged incompetent; or
  • the other parent is deceased.

Fee

There is a $40 fee for a marriage license; a duplicate copy of the license can be provided to authorized persons for a $10 fee, if the original was issued by the City of Rochester. If the exact marriage date is not known, a search can be undertaken for an additional fee, and will require one to two days to be completed. There is a $50 fee for a civil ceremony. Make checks payable to the "City of Rochester."

Getting Married at City Hall

Learn more about having your civil marriage ceremony at City Hall. 

Questions?

For additional information, call the Clerk's Office at (585) 428-6617 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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